By Sasha Gonzales
A veteran Bronx mailman died of complications from coronavirus Wednesday, becoming the first federal postal carrier in New York City to succumb to COVID-19.
Rakkhon Kim, 50, was a Northvale, New Jersey resident who delivered mail to addresses in West Farms, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Kim celebrated his 23-year anniversary as a letter carrier in November, the association said.
“On behalf of the NALC, we mourn the loss of Brother Kim,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We send our deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Rakkhon’s family, loved ones, friends and co-workers.”
As of 8 a.m. Friday, 4,655 confirmed coronavirus cases had been recorded in the Bronx, according to the city.
Across all five boroughs, at least 366 people have died from the virus, officials said.